Why Do I Need An Attorney To Appeal My SSDI Claim?

Many companies offer services in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. When it comes to your appeal, however, you want someone who is well-versed in Social Security Disability laws, fully understands SSDI eligibility, and has experience handling claims at every stage of the appeals process. Before you hire a firm, you should know that:

  • An “advocate” or “enabler” is not an attorney. Neither person can represent you in the federal court system should your appeal end up in federal court.
  • An “enabler” cannot even represent you before an administrative law judge, which is the second step in the appeals process.
  • Advocates and enablers are not held to the same ethical and professional standards as attorneys.

The Law Office of Mike Gertner has been handling SSDI claims for the Central Ohio community for over 35 years. Our principal attorney, Mike Gertner, is an AV-rated* trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor with over 30 years of experience in Social Security Disability representation. He has also been a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants (NOSSCR) for over 25 years.

In short, Mike knows what the Social Security Administration looks for in an SSDI appeal, and applies that knowledge to each unique case.

Beware Out-Of-Town Firms Advertising In Central Ohio

Many law firms that are not actually located in Central Ohio or even the state of Ohio publish advertisements and run television commercials regarding SSDI and SSI representation. Hiring such a law firm means you may never meet or speak with your actual attorney until the date of a hearing.

Here at the Law Office of Mike Gertner, we provide an in-person, face-to-face interview with the attorney who will personally handle your appeal through the entire process. Your attorney will also remain accessible to answer your questions and keep you up to date on your claim’s progress.

Contact A Local Attorney Who Seeks Justice One Case At A Time

Our firm provides the local, personalized representation you need. Contact our office in Columbus by calling 614-463-9393 or 877-772-1011 toll free for a free initial consultation.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.